RE: Grammar: "So" as a modifier

Subject: RE: Grammar: "So" as a modifier
From: "Nuckols, Kenneth M" <Kenneth -dot- Nuckols -at- mybrighthouse -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 7 Oct 2005 07:29:58 -0400

Maggie Secara said...

> This is yet another sense. You could easily have that same
> with "too" instead of "so". (We are, too!) I have never known why that
> "too" is an affirmative, but it is. But it's different from "We are so
> in trouble."
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Bonnie Granat
> >
> > Al: We are not lost.
> >
> > Meg: We are *so* lost.
> >
> > Al: Are not!
> >
> > Meg: Are SO!
> >
> > "We are so lost" = "We are totally lost"
> >
> > I don't think "very" fits with being lost.
> >

Or, if people talked the way your high school English teacher wanted you
to write, you could substitute *so* with *indeed* (we are indeed lost).

But as careful and precise a writer or speaker as a person might be,
I've never heard anyone (other than characters on a show like The West
Wing) conduct a heated argument using "formal" grammar. Honestly I don't
think I could do it with a straight face...

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